Tyler Glasnow's Jackie Robinson letter as a kid could be amazing Dodgers prophecy

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April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day across MLB; every player will be wearing 42 to commemorate the day Robinson made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, officially broke the color barrier, and changed the game for the better.

All 30 teams usually pay tribute in some way, apart from the jerseys, but a particular onus has always fallen/should always fall on the now-Los Angeles Dodgers as Robinson's first and only team. Last year marked the Jackie Robinson Foundation's 50th anniversary, so the team took extra steps to celebrate the day.

This year's Dodgers starter on Jackie Robinson Day will be Tyler Glasnow, who grew up a Dodgers fan. SportsNet LA included a particularly endearing picture of a letter (or school assignment, maybe?) that Glasnow wrote as a kid, saying "When I grow up I will be 7'5" very strong. I'm going to step into the shoes of Jackie Robinson and hit 400 home runs."

Obviously, Glasnow went a different route in his baseball career, but as Monday's starter, he most certainly will make good on honoring Robinson in his own way.

Dodgers' Tyler Glasnow shared a heartwarming tribute to No. 42 from his younger self ahead of Jackie Robinson Day start

Glasnow also wrote that he wanted to "play on the All-Star team and get 70 million dollars." The second of those two boxes is more than checked, and with the way he's been pitching to start the season, the first could definitely be on its way this year. His history of injury has bogged him down significantly in terms of All-Star/awards conversation, but if he can stay healthy and continue to pitch the way he has over his first four starts (24 innings, 2.25 ERA), he'll most certainly be representing the Dodgers in Arlington in July.

But it's still April, and the Dodgers have won on Jackie Robinson Day for five straight years in a row. Despite their opponents in 2024 being the Washington Nationals, Glasnow will be looking to keep that streak going with his very best arsenal. With the way he's been pitching, there's literally no better person to put on the bump to do so.

The Dodgers will be giving out commemorative Brooklyn Dodgers caps to the fans in attendance at Dodger Stadium with No. 42 emblazoned on the side. Dodgers fan or not, everyone should be rooting for Jackie Robinson's team today.